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Win Expectancy Chart, courtesy of Fangraphs, for the Astros at Mariners game on April 8, 2013.

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SEA P WPA HOU P WPA
Saunders .261 Humber -.164
Capps .060 Wright .006
Furbush .004 Cruz .003
Wilhelmsen .019

SEA WPA HOU WPA
Saunders .096 Altuve -.127
Gutierrez .005 Maxwell -.018
Morales .195 Carter -.035
Morse -.082 Martinez -.035
Seager -.032 Pena -.059
Smoak -.027 Dominguez .067
Montero -.018 Castro -.111
Ackley .008 Barnes .033
Ryan .008 Cedeno -.034
Ankiel -.027

WPA liked Joe Saunders' performance in this game. I also liked Joe Saunders' performance in this game, because a 1.89 single-game FIP is impressive even when you're pitching to the Astros. Smoak didn't do very well by WPA, but he had a couple of well-hit balls - the BABIP gods have not been Smoak's friends lately, so don't get too discouraged by his lackluster numbers despite the frustrating results. (Happy?) Carter Capps struck some dudes out on nasty-looking offspeed pitches, and Eric Wedge put Charlie Furbush in for some reason. There were four Astros in the Houston starting lineup that I couldn't identify by their last names. I have a feeling this is going to be a recurring phenomenon. And you know what? I'm OK with that.